The Ballad Of Songbirds And Snakes will make everyone chant, “May the odds be ever in your favour” soon. It is the prequel of the infamous Hunger Games. Michael Lesslie, a screenwriter known for Assassin’s Creed, will write the screenplay and the movie is based on the prequel novel by Suzanne Collins. Further, Francis Lawrence, who has previously directly directed the franchise’s last three films, is returning to direct this movie as well.
If you have enjoyed the Hunger Games franchise and are looking forward to The Ballad Of Songbirds And Snakes, keep reading to know all about it.
The Ballad Of Songbirds And Snakes Release Date
The premiere date for The Ballad Of Songbirds And Snakes is November 17, 2023. The movie will be exclusively released in movie theatres.
The movie has been developing since June 2019 and entered the pre-production phase in August 2021. Moreover, filming began last year on July 11 and wrapped up on November 5. The filming took place in Wroclaw, Poland and Berlin, Germany. Currently, it is in the post-production phase.
The primary actors and actresses of the movie are:
- Rachel Zegler as Lucy Gray Baird
- Hunter Schafer as Tigris Snow
- Viola Davis as Dr. Volumnia Gaul
- Peter Dinklage as Casca Hingbottom
- Burn Gorman as Commander Hoff
- Jason Schwartzman as Lucretius
- Tom Blyth as Coriolanus Snow
- Fionnula Flanagan as Grandma’am
- Kjell Brutscheidt as Tanner
- Isobel Jesper as Mayfair Lipp
- Ashley Liao as Clemensia Dovecote
- Josh Andres Rivera as Sejanus Plinth
- Amelia Hoeferle as Vipsania Sickle
- Flora Li Thiemann as Livia Carden
- George Somner as Spruce
- Ayomide Adegun as Pliny ‘Pup’ Harrington
- Sofia Sanchez as Wovey
- Zoe Renee as Lysistrata Vickers
The Ballad Of Songbirds And Snakes Plot
Are you interested in the plot of The Ballad Of Songbirds And Snakes? Well, you should, as it is fascinating! The movie has the tagline, “You’re invited to return to the games”. It belongs to the action, adventure, drama, sci-fi, thriller and war genres.
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In The Ballad Of Songbirds And Snakes, the viewers learn more about the story of The Hunger Games. However, this movie is set 64 years before Katniss Everdeen volunteered as tribute. The timeline was also set decades before Coriolanus Snow became the president of Panem. The story revolves around a young Coriolanus, played by Tom Blyth. He is the last hope for the failing lineage. Are you wondering why? It is because the Snow family, who once stood proudly, has suffered tremendously in a post-war Capital. His livelihood is at stake. During this time, he is assigned to mentor Lucy Gray Baird. She is a tribute from District 12.
Soon, the charm of Lucy Gray starts captivating the audience of Panem. Snow thinks about creating an opportunity because of it, which can change their fates. Finally, with everything hanging by a thread, the duo reunite to turn fate in their favour. In this journey, viewers will see Snow race against time to survive. Furthermore, by the movie’s end, viewers will discover whether young Snow becomes a songbird or a snake.
How Long Is The Movie?
During an interview, Francis Lawrence revealed that The Ballad Of Songbirds And Snakes is the longest movie of the franchise. Please note that all The Hunger Games movies are longer than two hours; therefore, you are in for a lengthy movie if you plan to watch it. Also, it is a stand-alone movie, so the creators will not split it into two different movies.
Is The Trailer For The Ballad Of Songbirds And Snakes Out?
Yes, the trailer for The Ballad Of Songbirds And Snakes is out. The teaser trailer was released on June 5 2022. However, it did not reveal much of the movie but gave the viewers a glimpse of what they could expect from it, along with the announcement, of course! The final picture in this teaser is of a snake slithering beneath a songbird. This is the same image which can be found on the cover of the original book.
The full trailer was out on April 27, 2023. It is now available on Lionsgate’s YouTube channel. First, the trailer introduces the creator of the Hunger Games, Dean Casca Highbottom. After his introduction, he explains the rules of the games, and soon, Lucy is introduced. Then, the trailer introduces Tom Blyth as the mentor of Lucy. There is a constant undertone of panic and nervousness in the trailer. Nevertheless, it looks interesting, and if you have yet to watch it, you should watch it to now.